Meet the People

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Group leader:

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexander K. H. Weiss
ORCID: 0000-0002-0166-8630

Mag. Dr. Alexander Weiss was born 1986 near Innsbruck. After his studies of chemistry at the University of Innsbruck, he obtained his magister and doctor degrees in Theoretical Chemistry, working on numerical models and statistics in terms of computer aided simulations and quantum mechanics. Shifting his interest on laboratory work he joined the group of Pidder Jansen-Dürr at IBA in 2015. In 2019 he was awarded a tenure track position (QV) and expanded into founding his own group at the IBA in 2020, now focused on the enzymatic characterization of FAHD proteins. His main expertise is with enzymology, protein purification and crystallization, and computer aided simulation. He is the author and lead developer of a quantum chemical software (QuMuLuS++) and lead developer of a molecular dynamics software (QMCF2) hosted on SourceForge, however, which has become a hobby rather than a profession.


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PhD students:

to be hired (at some point)...

Master students:

Anna Simonini, BSc

Anna Simonini joined the team in February 2020 when she worked on a project study to investigate the untranslated 5' DNA region upstream of the human FAHD1 promoter region on chromosome 16. She studied transcription factors in this region and performed pilot studies on how this region may be regulated under normoxic and hypoxic conditions in U2OS cells. She will continue these experiments in the course of her masters thesis starting August 2020 and also study the overexpression of human FAHD1 on the background of endogeneous FAHD1 depleted cancer cells.

Elia Cappuccio, BSc

Elia Cappuccio is doing his masters thesis in the group of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Pidder Jansen-Dürr at IBA and is co-supervised by Dr. Maria Nascimento and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Weiss. He is working on the detection of FAHD1 in tissue and cells via histology, immunofluerescence, and sub-cellular fractionation.

Project studies:

Tiziano Paravicini

Tiziano Paravicini will join the team in May 2021. He will contribute to the characterization of metabolic demands of prostate cancer cell lines, commonly used in cell culture.

Anne Heberle

Anne Heberle will join the team in June 2021. She will establish PCR-based methods for cell authentification and for probing possible cell contaminations by bacrerial microplasma.

Bachelor students:

Maria Milosevic

Maria Milosevic will join the team in June 2021. In collaboration with the Private Kinderwunschklinik in Innsbruck, she will monitor the health and mitochondrial metabolism in purified and selected sperm cells.

Eva Wagner

Eva Wagner joined the team in September 2020. She will extract FAHD1 protein from swine kidney using a set of proteomic approaches including fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC). Using purified FAHD1 protein she will study the effect of selected molecules and ions on the catalytic activity of the enzyme.

Matthias Rainer Scheppach

Matthias Rainer Scheppach joined the team in November 2020. He will help in the production of FAHD1 overexpression vectors to be used in cell culture experiments.


Ayse Öztürk (shared with the MZB lab)

Paula Schmidt (shared with the MZB lab)

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